Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Aungier of Longford
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Master of the Rolls in Ireland
In office
1609 – aft. 1625
Monarch James I, Charles I
Member of House of Lords
In office
Justice of Assize
Personal details
Born Francis Aungier
Cambridge, England
Died 1632
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality English
Occupation judge
Profession lawyer

Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford (1558–1632), also known as Lord Aungier, was the progenitor of the Earldom of Longford, member of the House of Lords, Privy Councillor for Ireland, and Master of the Rolls in Ireland under James I and Charles I.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in 1558 in Cambridge, England, the eldest son of Richard Aungier, Esq., and Rose Steward. His father was a barrister and a member of Gray's Inn. Francis attended Westminster School, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge, before entering Gray's Inn in 1577. He became a member of several jurisdictions, and was the reader of the Inn in 1602.[1] His father was murdered in his chambers in 1597, soon after his third election as Treasurer of Gray's Inn, and his body thrown into the Thames: the brother of Francis, Richard Aungier, was hanged for the crime at Tyburn on 25 January 1598.[2]

Later years[edit]

In consequence of his first marriage, Aungier settled at East Clandon, Surrey during the 1590s, where he became a friend of Sir William More of Loseley.[3] In 1609, King James I appointed him to the Irish Privy Council, as well as to the position of Master of the Rolls for Ireland. He was also knighted at Greenwich the King that same year.[4] He was re-appointed Master of the Rolls for Ireland by King Charles I in 1625.[5]

Aungier attended the House of Lords in 1614 and served as commissioner of the plantations at Munster in 1616 and Longford in 1620. In 1619, he was appointed as a commissioner of the Great Seal following the death of Archbishop Thomas Jones.[1] In 1621, he was created Lord Aungier, Baron of Longford by patent, which stated that he descended from the Counts of Aungier.[5][6]

He purchased the lands of the White Friars Monastery where he resided in Dublin: there, in 1677, Aungier Street was dedicated in honour of his family.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Aungier was married three times, and had several children through his marriages.[7]

He married first Douglas Fitzgerald, and had five children:

He married secondly Anne Barne, daughter of Sir George Barne III, and had two children:

  • George Aungier
  • Frances Aungier

He married thirdly Margaret Cave, daughter of Sir Thomas Cave (died 1613) of Stanford Hall and Eleanor St. John.[8] They had no issue.


  1. ^ a b c "Book III-1603 to 1690", The Judges in Ireland, 1221-1921, p. 322, Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  2. ^ See 'Sir Francis Aungier 1558-1625' in History of Parliament 1558-1603; in extenso, C.H. Cooper and T. Cooper, Athenae Cantabrigienses Vol. II, 1586-1609 (Deighton Bell, Cambridge; Macmillan & Co, London, 1861), pp. 229-30.
  3. ^ 'Aungier, Francis (1558-1632)', History of Parliament online.
  4. ^ "Charles The First", Annals of Cambridge, Volume 3, p. 255, Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Viscount Leinster", Peerage of England, p. 173, Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  6. ^ 'Family of Lord Aungier', in J. Lodge, revised M. Archdall, The Peerage of Ireland: Or, a Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom Vol. III (James Moore, Dublin 1789), pp. 376-78.
  7. ^ "Aungier-Baron Aungier of Longford", A genealogical history of the dormant..., p. 18, Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  8. ^ Margaret Cave married first, Sir John Wynn (eldest son of Sir John Wynn, 1st Baronet), who died 1621, The History of the Gwydir Family written by Sir John Wynn, Knt. and Bart. (Woodall and Venables, Oswestry 1878), Table IV, inter pp. 104, 105.; second Francis Aungier; and third Sir Thomas Wenman. J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, Vol. 4 Part 1 - Guthlaxton Hundred (John Nichols and Son, London 1807), p. 352.